Lewdness


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Lewdness

Behavior that is deemed morally impure or unacceptable in a sexual sense; open and public indecency tending to corrupt the morals of the community; gross or wanton indecency in sexual relations.

An important element of lewdness is openness. Lewdness is sometimes used interchangeably with licentiousness or lasciviousness, which both relate to debauchery and moral turpitude. It is a specific offense in certain state statutes and is included in general provisions in others.

See: debauchery, obscenity, perversion, pornography, vice
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5--OFFERING TO COMMIT, COMMITTING, OR ENGAGING IN PROSTITUTION, LEWDNESS, OR ASSIGNATION
I strongly believe that he would never have done the same acts of rudeness and veiled lewdness if I were a local and of the same faith.
It follows incidents including a British pair locked up in Dubai, after being accused of having sex on a beach, where public displays of lewdness and sex outside marriage are banned.
He is being held on EUR7,200 (USEUR10,000) bail and has been committed for a psychiatric evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital on charges of open and gross lewdness and possession of cocaine.
Following the outcry of the lewdness on a public beach in Dubai, I have never read so much drivel from people.
which combines weak-mindedness with every suggestion of lewdness.
Meyer was ejected from the American Collegiate Hockey Association's West Regional game against BYU and was cited for lewdness.
The Reverend Lonnie Latham, sixty, was charged with a single misdemeanor count of offering to engage in an act of lewdness.
Latham resigned his posts as senior pastor of the South Tulsa Baptist Church and board member of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma on January 5 after being arrested on a lewdness charge; he is accused of propositioning a male police officer in a hotel parking lot known as a gay cruising spot.
On the night of January 3, Latham was "pastoring to police," as he put it, in Oklahoma City when he was arrested on a lewdness charge.
It saddens me that some people's only reaction is lewdness," said Bedolla.
The chapter titles are short but mysteriously inviting: Decorum, Lewdness, Desire, Mirth, Wisdom, Deceit and, finally, Happiness?